Fireworks terror for ‘the most vulnerable’

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Fireworks are being set off outside the homes of “the most vulnerable” residents of Carrick’s Woodburn estate on a nightly basis, it is claimed.

According to local residents, the devices are causing a “nuisance” to pensioners and those housebound.

On Monday night, one mother was driven to despair, stating on social media: “Can we get something done about the fireworks being let off in Woodburn in Carrick please?

“Fireworks been going off all night literally waking my child out of his sleep and has been for weeks.”

Another local woman expressed concern about fireworks being set off directly outside her home.

There have also been reports of fireworks being thrown at passing cars and being placed inside bottles to make explosions sound louder.

At the weekend, PSNI Carrickfergus received “multiple reports of youth-related anti-social behaviour” and issued a warning over the misuse of fireworks.

A PSNI spokesperson stated: “It is illegal to possess, buy or use fireworks unless you have a fireworks licence issued by the Department of Justice.

“Unfortunately at this time of year, criminal gangs make money by selling dangerous fireworks to children - they don’t care about their safety. If you know about the supply of illegal fireworks, please let us know, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Don’t be tempted to support these gangs. Fireworks should only be bought from a licensed retailer.

“If you have fireworks but haven’t bothered getting a licence first, we will take them off you and deal with the offence accordingly.”